Last week, in what appears to be a proposal that will shape Michigan's next budget, Gov. Rick Snyder and GOP leaders in the state Senate announced they were boosting public education funding. By that, they meant that the cuts won't be as deep as first threatened. The so-called boost is still a significant slashing of education funds.
There would be no need for any cutback if Snyder would just keep his hands off the $500 million surplus in the state school aid fund. That money is only there because of federal money poured into the system. But it's there. Schools can function if the state doesn't raid the fund. But Snyder, in order to pay for his business-tax cuts, is siphoning money out of the school aid fund to partially cover general fund shortages.
What do you think about Snyders "support" of increased funding for education?